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HATE people like this....

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I don't know about you but I LOVE Melissa McCarthy. I think she's funny as hell and when interviewed she comes off as a very classy, down to earth person. But some critics have some really nasty things ot say about her....this guy is such a dick


FEB 8, 2013 2:40 PM 55,321 507 Share



Melissa McCarthy Called a “Female Hippo” By Critic After Humiliating Herself in Identity Thief

 Rich Juzwiak

Alien-acid queen, movie-crit staple and star of the infamous 1970 flop Myra Breckinridge Rex Reed describes Identity Thief star Melissa McCarthy as "tractor-sized," "humongous" and a "female hippo" in his Observer review of Seth Gordon's probable hit, which opens this weekend. These words are uncivil and the product of an intolerant mindset that's a huge problem in our culture. No one deserves to be referred to as such, especially not in such a public forum. Rex Reed is an asshole.

That said, he creeps up on a point toward the end of his review when he writes that McCarthy "has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." That's a hyperbolic summary (she's devoted her career, actually, to being funny), but it does touch on a huge problem with Identity Thief: The premise of so many of the film's jokes is that McCarthy is fat and isn't that hilarious? The film's shitty attempts to elicit laughter include her wheezing and being easily outrun when she attempts to escape Jason Bateman's character on foot, a sex scene predicated on how outrageous and nauseating it is for fat people to fuck (Bateman's character hugs himself in an adjacent bathroom for comfort) and several sight gags in which McCarthy's character's absurd sense of style is exacerbated by her proportions. The movie's poster pictures her sipping on a giant cup of obesity-causing soda. Identity Thief feebly attempts to redeem itself by giving McCarthy's titular, sociopathic character a sad past and by making her over at one point, which is supposed to hit like a revelation: Overweight people can be attractive.

That McCarthy participated in all of this is a shame. Maybe the roles she is offered all somehow reference and mock her weight. Even Bridesmaids, an actual good movie that won her near-universal acclaim, contains jokes about how ridiculous her lust is for the air marshal she sits next to. This and much of Identity Thief (which also includes a lot of gags based on the hilarity of possible femininity in men) is the kind of shit that should have died with Shelley Winters' character in The Poseidon Adventure. Transcend, McCarthy, transcend. Rex Reed said unnecessarily cruel things about this actress' appearance, but then again, so does Identity Thief.

Has anyone seen previews for "The Heat" with her and Sandra Bullock?? OMG, if not youtube looks hysterical

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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I loved her in Gilmore Girls.  I think she is an awesome actress!!

Quoting momma2mms:

How mean. I love her. I think she is so talented. She hasn't had a short career either. I remember her from the Gilmore Girls.


by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM
What's awesome about McCarthy is that she can see humor in her weight. She doesn't come across as insecure. I think being able to except our flaws and, yes, even laugh at them, is a good mindset to have.
I think Melissa is a beautiful woman with an outstanding personality. She is what we need in role models today.
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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:08 PM

i just LOVE her!

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

He's just jealous cause he can't be big and beautiful like her. <3 

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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM
Lol I don't know but I bet his wife is fat. ;)

Quoting Dee0886:

exactly. I think there is a difference between being a critic and just being a downright a-hole. I wonder what this guy looks like....

Quoting IandLoveandYou:

I love her too, some people are just hateful.

In the long run... Melissa McCarthy is A- happier B- more successful C- a better person and D- has way better karma than that douchebag anyway.

Reminding myself of this is how I make myself feel better after reading stuff like this lol.

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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM
How old ARE you?? You're forgetting Roseanne???

Quoting HippiePotpie:

Melissa is funny but, Rebel Wilson is funnier. I am glad that there are 2 women who are over weight and unapologetic about it. I wish there would have been funny fat girls when I was growing up.

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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

That's just ridiculous when people say such things, come on and act your age. 

by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM
I haven't seen anything she's been in, but I love her in interviews, lol.
I really hate the Internet sometimes, people are so rude.
by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:14 PM
I don't feel that way. Chris Farley was an awesome chippendales dancer.

Quoting mich.el.le:

I love her, but I do think it's sad that there's an underlying thought that fat people are supposed to be funny. I hated watching Chris Farley on SNL or in movies. It made me sad.

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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I love her, I think she is sooooo funny. But I'll be honest, I am getting tired of bigger actors and actresses taking roles that use them as the joke... I think it perpetuates the bullying we see going on. Hollywood has made it acceptable to relentlessly make fun of fat people as long as its on screen and that does nothing but hurt real people in the real world.

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